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>>> the scandal grows p. the head of scotland yard resigns on the same day. >>> the new mystery surrounding casey anthony. where is she after walking out of jail now a free woman? >>> and sudden death. exhilarating women's world >>> and sudden death. exhilarating women's world cup decided on the final kick. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. the growing fallout from great britain's newspaper phone hacking scandal gained new momentum today, claiming two major figures. including scotland yard's top cop. tonight the woman who until recently ran rupert murdoch's newspaper holdings in the uk is under arrest. and the head of the london police department has abruptly resigned amid questions over his department's pursuit of the case. all this being followed very closely in this country, which is home to some of the crown jewels of murdoch's now damaged media empire. nbc's stephanie gosk is in london tonight with late developments for us in the case. stephanie, good
police chief resigned under intense pressure after it emerged that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant in 2009. the same year investigators decided not to further pursue the phone hacking case. the former editor, neil wallace, was arrested last week in connection with the scandal. >> i have a suggestion that we must have suspected the alleged involvement of mr. wallace in phone hacking. let me say unequivocally that i did not, and have no reason to do so. >> reporter: even with the head of police preparing to step down, scotland yard continues to make arrests. today, it was rebekah brooks, former head of rupert murdoch's newspaper arm here in the uk, who resigned herself on friday. it was just a week ago that murdoch flew to london and stood by her side, all smiles. brooks had a meteoric rise at the company, becoming editor of "news of the world" when she was only 32. it was in 2002, with brooks at the paper's helm, that "news of the world" reporters allegedly hacked the phone of murdered teenager millie doweler. a case that shocked and infuri
is no exception. it's left people in this country wondering and worried what will happen next. the fabled scotland yard is reeling after two sudden resignations of its most senior leadership. sir paul stephenson, the police chief, and his deputy, john yates, career policemen who are the latest casualties in the phone hacking scandal. scotland yard is being accused of mishandling the investigation into "news of the world qug, maintaining close relationships with the very people they were supposed to be investigating. police officers accepting bribes from reporters has allegedly been commonplace. stephenson and yates deny any wrong doing on their part. >> i have acted with complete n integrity and my conscience is clear. >> now the department tasked with counterterrorism and the 2012 olympics must find new leadership. what started as a scandal involving a single newspaper has now grown so large, it is rocking this country's institutions and the murdoch empire. so far, there has been four high profile resignations, ten arrests. most recently, rebecca brooks, one of rupert murdoch's most trusted exec
and fearing retribution on the headlines. with murdock on the ropes, the silence has been broken. scotland yard released a statement saying that the steady leaks to the media are getting in the way of their investigation. but scotland yard itself is being accused of being in on the scandal. >>> leon panetta has been to iraq and afghanistan before but never as defense secretary, that happened this weekend, he's only been on the job for 11 days and already those traveling with him say there's been an unmistakable change at the top at the pentagon. jim miklaszewski is traveling with him and tonight has an exclusive interview with the secretary. >> reporter: the new secretary of defense leon panetta surveyed iraq from a u.s. military helicopter today and was trou e troubled by the landscape below. troops scheduled to withdraw by the end of the are caught up again in the war. panetta told a gathering of soldiers today the killing must end. >> my first responsibility as secretary of defense is to make damned sure that we do everything necessary to protect you. >> reporter: panetta pressured ira
in britain where each day brings fresh revelations. tonight, scotland yard's lead investigator says there may be as many as 4,000 victims in the case against rupert murdoch's media empire and among them, former prime minister gordon brown who says his family's privacy was violated by a story that hit very close to home. stephanie goss has the report from london. >> reporter: the british public wants answers. rupert murdoch and top executive, rebecca brooks have all been asked to testify next week before a parliament committee. the powerful trio have yet to agree but "news international" the subsidiary that ran "the news of the world" is already defending itself against the latest allegations. in an interview on the bbc today, former prime minister, gordon brown, accused "news international" of employing known criminals to dig up personal information. >> i'm shocked. i'm genuinely shocked to find this happened because of the links with criminals. >> reporter: in 2006, a murdoch paper run at the time by rebecca brooks reported that brown's newborn son has cystic fibrosis. now brown questions th
is striking their own balance between the new and the old. and from the response they've received in scotland, it seems to be working. stephanie gosk, nbc news, edin brou >>> that's nbc nightly news for this saturday. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. i'll see you tomorrow morning on today. i'll see you tomorrow morning on today. good night, everyone. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant in 2009. the former editor, neil wallace, was arrested for his connections with the phone hacking scandal last week. in stepping down, stevenson denies any wrongdoing. >> i have heard suggestions that we must have suspected the alleged involvement of mr. wallace's phone hacking. let me say unequivocally that i did not and had no reason to do so. >> reporter: stevenson says he quit because he's become a distraction for scotland yard, which has been criticized for its handling of the phone hacking investigation. among the accusations, their failure to notify victims, including actor hugh grant, who is now suing the department. meanwhile, rebecca brooks, the former head of the newspaper arm was the latest person to be arrested. her spokesman says she was asked to come in for questioning on sunday, but did not know she would be arrested. brooks resigned from her executive position at "news corps" friday, the same day les00ton, washer of "the wall street journal" resigned. the resignations and brooks' arrest some sa
's lying and now members of parliament are asking skopt scotland yard to investigate. >>> nfl players and agents are working through the deal to end the four-month lockout. owners have approved the proposal but players haven't voted on it because they're not in full agreement. lawyers are trying to resolve those differences and hope the players will vote next week. >>> we're learning some gruesome details about that giants fan nearly beaten to death at dodger stadium. bryan stow remains in serious condition this morning from the attack back in march. court documents say two men arrested allegedly cut the victim's tongue, disfigured his face and beat him. 29-year-old louie sanchez is charged with assault and battery. >>> arnold and maria taking a break from their divorce battle after their youngest son was in a beach accident. he was injured last weekend while boogie boarding at a malibu beach and he's been hospitalized ever since. doctors say he should make a full recovery. we'll have more on this story later in the show. now, 21 minutes past the hour. that's the news. back to lester,
intelligence agent convicted of killing 270 people on panam flight 103 over scotland back in 1988 appeared at a rally tuesday in support of embattled libyan leader moammar gadhafi. convicted bomber was released from a scottish jail back in 2009. he is said to be dying of prostate cancer. >>> police in utah say three-time olympic freestyle skier jeret "speedy" peterson took his life monday in a remote canyon. he won a silver medal at last year's vancouver games with his patented hurricane whmaneuver. he was 29 years old. >>> the florida judge who presided over casey anthony trial ordered a three-month cooling off period before he will agree to make the names of anthony's jury public. he's working to ensure the juror's safety after some received death threats. >>> and now here's brian williams with a look at what's coming up tonight on nbc "nightly news." brian? >> natalie, good morning. coming up tonight, first of all, we're in washington and tonight we're going to have the story of a great place for the great name closing down. walter reed treated so many of our soldiers, our presidents ov
been four high-profile resignations, including the top brass of scotland yard, and ten arrests. each new day drops a new bombshell. on monday, it was the death of sean hoare, the first journalist to go on the record pointing the finger directly at former "news of the world" editor andy colson accusing him of actively encouraging phone hacking. police say his death is unexplained, but not suspicious. and in an ironic twist, the company accused of hacking got hacked themselves. murdoch's son paper had to quickly remove this fake headline on its paper last night. today's story makes no mention of parliament or their boss, rupert murdoch. the questioning is expected to take about three hours, but don't expect any detailed answers to direct questions about phone hacking. all three have said they will not answer questions that could in some way jeopardize the ongoing criminal investigation. matt? >> all right. stephanie gosk in london this morning. stephanie, thanks so much. michael wolff is the author of "the man who owns the news: inside the secret world of rupert murdoch." he is also th
it used to obtain gordon brown's sons medical records. even so, scotland yard is investigating all of the accusations and is casting a wide net. pop singer george michael says he's being called in for questioning after a number of tweets he posted about rebecca brooks me said in one of them that she told him that almost all of their information comes directly from police. in a later tweet he said that police received, quote, a nice little wad of cash for the service. ann? >> this story just keeps on growing. thank you so much. >>> 7:09. here's matt. >> ann, thanks very much. now to washington and the heat that president obama and congressional leaders are under to reach a deal on slashing the budget deficit. nbc's kristen welker is at the white house with the latest on this. good morning. good to see you. >> good morning. good to see you, too. president obama will meet with congressional leaders again today. the two sides still very much deadlocked. and the clock is ticking. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: with the deadline looming, president obama and congressional leaders me
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